Philadelphia vs. Canadiens
Bell Centre – Feb. 19, 2016 – 7:35pm
Lineup Changes –
….The Canadiens confirmed at the morning skate that David Desharnais will be out of the lineup for three weeks with a broken bone in his foot. Lars Eller remains centre between Pacioretty and Andrighetto.
…Mike Condon in goal vs. the Flyers Michal Neuvirth.
Head to Head –
….After winning the first two games, the Flyers are looking for a season sweep of the Canadiens. In Philadelphia’s 48 year history they have registered a season sweep of the Canadiens only twice; the last time in 2002-2003.
….On Jan. 20th 2003, the day after the Flyers completed their season sweep, general manager Andre Savard had seen enough. With his team losing 10 of it’s last 12 and dropping to 10th in the East, he fired Michel Therrien and replaced him with Claude Julien who had been coaching the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs.
…The Flyers won this season’s first two meetings by scores of 4-3 (Jan 5th) and 4-2 (Feb. 2nd).
….Philadelphia has lost three straight at the Bell Centre..
….Since the start of the 2010-2011 season the Flyers have an overall 12-6-1 record vs. the Canadiens. All six of the losses have come at the Bell Centre.
….This is only the fourth Friday night home game for the Canadiens over the last six seasons.
….The Canadiens are ten wins and 21 points behind the pace they set after 58 games last season.
….The last remaining positive vestige of the Canadiens early season success fell last week. Until their game in Arizona on Monday the Canadiens were the only non-playoff team still on the positive side of goal differential at plus-3. They were outscored 6-2 by the Coyotes to fall to minus one and after the 3-2 loss at Denver their goals-for/goals-against differential is now minus-2.
….The Canadiens have a three game winning streak at home. They are still 15-11-2 at home this season but 6-9-1 at the Bell Centre since they lost that pivotal 3-2 game vs. Washington Dec. 3rd.
….During their three game road trip they were outscored 15-8.
….After their three game winning streak sportsclubstats.com increased Canadiens chances of making the playoffs to 21%. After being outscored 15-8 in their 0-3-0 road trip it was reduced to 7.1%. Following Ottawa’s Thursday night win over Carolina which sent the Canadiens to 13th place in the Eastern Conference, the figure is now 5.8%.
….Thinking negatively. in the lottery race…the Canadiens are 23rd overall in the league after 58 games (6% chance in the lottery) They are five points ahead of Calgary, Buffalo and Columbus who are tied for 26th, 27th & 28th place. All three have also played 58 games. Twenty-sixth place has a lottery chance of 8.5%; 27th – 9.5% and 26th – 11.5%. The last place finisher has a 20% chance of winning the lottery.
….Mostly thanks to the Plekanec Line, the Canadiens have averaged 3.00 goals over the past six games. Members of the Plekanec/Galchenyuk/Gallagher line have been on the ice for 11 of the 18 goals over that stretch.
…..Plekanec has 3g, 5a his last six games and is plus 5; Gallagher 3g 3a and plus-7. Galchenyuk 2g, 2a and plus-5. Combined they have 8 g, 10a and are plus-17 over the last six games.
….Canadiens penalty killing has given up eight goals in the last 27 opportuities a success ratio of 70.3%.
….The Flyers are listed by sportsclubstats.com as having a 20.8% chance of reaching the post season. They play the Canadiens, Toronto and Carolina over a current five day stretch.
….The Flyers are 2-3-2 over their last seven games and have lost two of their last three. Last weekend they managed only two goals in losses against New Jersey and the Rangers before beating the Devils 6-3 at Newark on Tuesday.
….Rookie defenseman Shayne Gostisbeher has become the Flyers poster boy. He has set a rookie record with points in 13 consecutive games (4g, 12a).
….Gostisbeher‘s 13 game streak is the longest for any NHL defenseman since the Rangers Brian Leetch went 14 straight in the early part of the 1996-97 season.
….The last time any Flyer player had a 13 game point streak was Eric Lindros who collected a point in 18 straight games from January 7th to February 18th 1999 (14g, 21a)
….Gostisbehere had a goal and assist in the Flyers 4-3 win over the Canadiens January 5th. He was a teammate of the Canadiens left wing Daniel Carr on the NCAA champion Union College Dutchmen.
….Special attention will be paid defenseman Radko Gudas who received a game misconduct after he put Lucas Lassio out of commission for six games with a borderline dirty clip on February 2nd. In a three week period Gudas received two major penalties and a match penalty. Feb. 11th it was Daniel Catenacci of the Sabres (head shot) and last Tuesday the Devils Bobby Farnham (blind side shoulder to the head). Player Safety has had to examine his actions five times this season dating back to an unpenalized head-shot delivered on the Rangers Victor Stalberg in October. In December he was suspended three games for a check to the head of Ottawa’s Mika Zibanejad.
….Wayne Simmonds has nine goals in his last 11 games. He scored twice including the game winner in the last meeting of the teams February 2nd.
….Brayden Schenn had a goal and two assists vs. New jersey Tuesday and has 7 goals over his last 12 games.
….Mike Condon has one career start vs. Philadelphia – Feb. 2nd he gave up 3 goals on 35 shots in Philadelphia in the 4-2 loss (there was an empty net goal) His save percentage for the game was .914. He was particularly good in the second period of the game when the Canadiens were outshot 17-7.
….Michal Neuvirth was the winning goaltender over Scrivens in the Flyers 4-3 win at Philadelphia January 5th. He stopped 21 of 24 shots. Scrivens stopped 27 of 31.
….Steve Mason, who will back up Neuvirth is a perfect 4-0-0 vs. the Canadiens in his career.
….Ben Scrivens has a 2-1-0 record in four career games the Flyers with a 3.06GAA and .908 save %.
Special Teams –
….The Canadiens power play now ranks 20th in the league (35/192) 18.2%.
….After giving up 8 goals the last 27 times shorthanded (70.3%) , Canadiens penalty killing has dropped from 4th to 7th in the league – (31/183) 83.1%
…..The Philadelphia power play is ranked 17th (35/188) 18.6%. Their penalty killers rank 24th (42/197) 78.7%.
Philadelphia Line Combinations and Pairings
10-Brayden Schenn 28-Claude Giroux 17-Wayne Simmonds
20-R.J. Umberger 52-Nick Cousins 93-Jakub Voracek
24-Matt Read 12-Michael Raffl 89-Sam Gagner
76-Chris vandeVelde 78-Pierre-Edouard Bellemare 25-Ryan White
55-Nick Schultz 32-Mark Streit
47-Andrew MacDonald 53-Shayne Gostisbehere
23-Brandon Manning 3-Radko Gudas
Injuries – D Michael del Zotto (IR wrist); C Sean Couturier (IR lower body) C Jordon Weal (upper body)
Healthy Scratch – D Yevgeny Medvedev;
Canadiens Lines & Pairings –
27-Alex Galchenyuk 14-Tomas Plekanec 11-Brendan Gallagher
67-Max Pacioretty 81-Lars Eller 42-Sven Andrighetto
41-Paul Byron 25-Jacob de la Rose 22-Dale Weise
53-Lucas Lessio 17-Torrey Mitchell 21-Devante Smith-Pelly
79-Andrei Markov 76-P.K. Subban
28-Nathan Beaulieu 77-Tom Gilbert
74-Alexei Emelin 6-Greg Pateryn
Healthy Scratches – D Mark Barberio; LW Tomas Fleischmann
Injuries – C David Desharnais (lower body) D-Jeff Petry (IR lower body); LW-Brian Flynn (IR lower body); G Carey Price (IR knee); LW Daniel Carr (IR knee)